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An Israel boycott supporter railed about an Israeli wine being sold in Holland. Then it sold out.
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — As a supporter of boycotting Israel, Mieke Zagt had no intention of marketing Israeli wine when she posted on Twitter a picture of the wine on sale at the Hema Dutch supermarket chain.
But her tweet, meant to protest the sale, prompted Israel supporters here to mount a social media reaction so successful that the Israeli wines sold out at the Hema stores and the campaign became the No. 1 trending topic Tuesday on Dutch Twitter.
The opening shot for the #tipvanMieke campaign was a tweet that Zagt, a scholar and Electronic Intifada contributor with fewer than 1,300 followers on Twitter, posted Monday afternoon.
“Hey, Hema, you’re selling Efrat wine from Judean Hills [as] made in Israel. Is this possible? Efrat and Judean Hills are in occupied Palestinian land. Efrat is an illegal Israeli colony. Can you verify the origin? #hema #notAgainAye!??” Zagt wrote, attaching a picture of the bottles in question.
In reality, the Efrat Winery is one of Israel’s oldest and located in Tsora, a town that is located within Israel’s 1949 armistice line. Despite its name, the wine is not from disputed territory.
But Zagt’s tweet ended in more than a geography lesson.
Gideon van der Sluis, a Dutch-born Israeli business consultant, and several other pro-Israel advocates began engaging on Twitter with like-minded users about Zagt’s tweet, labeling it with a hashtag meaning “TipFromMieke.” Within 24 hours it became the top-trending item on Dutch Twitter, with people from around the country using it with pictures of freshly bought Efrat wine bottles.
Within hours, both the red and white Efrat wines were sold out from the online store of Hema — a huge chain with 525 stores in the Netherlands alone.
The social network campaign seems to have originated with the hard core of Israel’s supporters here — van der Sluis’ efforts to get it to take off were joined by those of Hidde J. van Koningsveld, who heads the CiJo pro-Israel group. But it seems to have reached far beyond the usual suspects from the Netherlands’ Jewish community of about 40,000 people.
Menno de Bruyne, a chief strategist for the Reformed Political Party, had a colleague post a picture of de Bruyne at the office with three Efrat Wine bottles.
Sjoukje Dijkstra, a journalist from Utrecht, wrote on Twitter: “Thanks for the tip! Straight to Hema!”
Henk Bakboord, a dancer and activist for the Jimmy Nelson Foundation for documenting indigenous cultures, also sarcastically thanked Zagt, adding that the Hema store at Amsterdam’s Oostpoort neighborhood still has Efrat wines “but they are selling out fast.”
They began selling even faster after Christians for Israel, an international group whose headquarters is just outside Amsterdam, posted an article on its website and Facebook page encouraging its many thousands of readers and supporters to buy Efrat Wines.
(Christians for Israel, which brings in 120,000 bottles of Israeli wine each year through its own import agency, the Israel Products Center, didn’t forget to plug its own products in the article about Hema.)
Yanki Jacobs, a rabbi from Amsterdam who runs Chabad on Campus here, said he was “delighted” about how the campaign turned out.
“It’s a pleasure to see, just a few days after Purim, something bad turning into something good,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Mieke Zagt, it would seem, had a different outlook on the whole extravaganza.
On Twitter, she seemed to suggest that the people mocking her were engaged in “intimidation and defamation.” Her hecklers, she added, “are showing their real Twitter nature,“ which she called “very disturbing.” Zagt did not reply to JTA’s request for comment on Twitter.
Hema has declined to say how many bottles were sold, citing its policy. But the chain acknowledged that many of its branches as well as its online store have run out of Efrat wine.
Esther Voet, the editor in chief of the NIW Dutch Jewish weekly, said she found the story amusing.
“It’s hilarious,” she told JTA. “Everybody started to buy Israeli wine.”
Regardless of where one stands on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there’s no denying the devotion of some of the activists involved in the cause.
Take Robert-Willem van Norren: He’s a middle-aged Dutch supporter of the boycott against Israel movement, and he regularly braves all kinds of weather, as well as his own disability, to promote his cause. He sits for hours on end in his mobility scooter on Amsterdam’s Dam Square, waving Palestinian flags and anti-Israel posters three times a week.
There’s just one problem with that picture, though: His scooter was made in Israel.
More precisely, it is the Breeze S3 model of the Kalnoit brand, designed and assembled in Kibbutz Afikim in Israel’s Jordan Valley, which began its existence as a military base during Israel’s war of independence in 1948.
Van Norren, who is one of the Netherlands’ best-known anti-Israel activists and who enjoys displaying a poster of the Israeli flag with a cockroach or a swastika over the Star of David symbol, was pictured in July using a different scooter with a retro design resembling a Harley Davidson. But he has since switched to the slicker Israel-made scooter, which he has decorated with Palestinian flags and a sticker reading “free Palestine, boycott Israel.”
He did not reply to questions on the issue.
Michael Jacobs, a pro-Israel activist who regularly faces off with van Norren and other anti-Israel activists on the Dam, was the one to make the discovery. He said his claim was confirmed by the importer of the Kalnoit mobility scooters to the Netherlands.
Pro-Israel activists in Holland have rejoiced over the origin of the scooter.
Hidde J. van Koningsveld, who heads the CiJo pro-Israel group, called it a “fun fact” and a “#BDSFail” on Twitter.
He also noted that van Norren’s fellow anti-Israel activist, Simon Vrouwe, was recently photographed taking a break from his own Israel protesting to grab a bite at the Maoz falafel shop near the Dam, which is part of a chain started by the Israel-born Dutch businessman Dov Melo.
Vrouwe was wearing a vest reading “boycott Israel” while piling on the Israel-made pickles that Maoz is known for.
“Van Norren is in good company: his fellow professional demonstrator Simon Vrouwe was recently spotted in the Israeli falafel tent Maoz,” van Koningsveld said.
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Criticize Israel all you want, but this is what they are really doing
Israel is on its way to curing some of the most well known diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Crohn’s disease. For such a small country, their constant medical breakthroughs are astonishing. And this recent one deserves a major applause. If the world wants to boycott Israel, then they don’t deserve to benefit from any of these medical advances, including this new one.
Multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, and Colitis are not diseases that anyone wants to hear they have, or that someone close to them has. Although not all chronic diseases are fatal, managing them is difficult. Israel is working to change that. The tiny, Jewish country is heading towards a cure for these diseases – with just one drug. Just ONE! Among these diseases that Israel is attempting to treat is MS, which might be the most common of these diseases. It affects millions of people all over the world. People have been eagerly waiting for cures to these illnesses. Although it might take years and some money before human trials, the potential drug gives results which other treatments have not. And that is something to celebrate.
Israel is a country that does not only care about its own people. Israel’s medical breakthroughs, inventions, technology, and its pure existence, have given hope and life to people all over the world – even to its enemies. If that is the case, why does the BDS movement exist? BDS supporters want to falsely criticize Israel while still benefiting from Israel’s inventions and discoveries. Why is Israel constantly criticized for absolutely nothing, or better yet, complete fallacies? It really makes you wonder. The only answers are complete ignorance or complete anti-Semitism. So go ahead, criticize Israel. But you’ll be the one losing out in the end. Despite the constant pressure, accusations, and double standard, Israel will continue to do what it does best: Better the entire world.